Samsung announced it will invest $1.9 billion to build a new logic chip plant. The fab will manufacture chips for smartphones and tablets, using 300mm wafers and 20nm and 14nm processing technology.
The South Korean firm is aggressively pumping up production of logic chips, as growth in the mobile device market outpaces weak computer sales. Demand for system chips used in smartphones and tablets is set to more than double to $59 billion in 2016 from $23 billion last year, according to research firm Gartner.
In a statement, Samsung said the new line - which it hopes to complete by the end of next year - would help meet growing demand for "smart mobile solutions".